Missouri 4-H Equine Tour


2018 Equine Tour Group in Estes Park

2019 Missouri 4-H Equine Career Tour Heads North!

Do you dream of combining your equine passion with a future career, love to learn more about the horse industry, and enjoy making new 4-H friends who share your love of horses? The University of Missouri Extension 4-H Annual Equine Career Tour may be just for you! The 2019 tour, May 20-27, will be exploring the horse industry in Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Canada and is open to Missouri 4-H teens, ages 14-18. Tour highlights will include collegiate equine education departments, harness racing, visiting a variety of equine farms, meeting 4-H youth, and touring Mackinac Island. Participants will learn from leading equine professionals in the fields of equine therapy, dressage, entertainment, training, art, harness racing, equine facility management and equine welfare. In its thirteenth year, the tour has proven to be a great opportunity for participants to expand and clarify their possible equine related career paths.

"The Missouri 4-H equine tour gave me an opportunity to see so many beautiful parts of this country. It’s not just a quarter horse, Arabian, barrel racing, our western pleasure tour... you get to see every aspect of every breed, discipline, boarding facility, breeding facility, etc. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and trip for youth in 4-H who have a passion for horses and want to explore our ever-growing industry. You get to meet so many new friends, learn so much, and make lifelong connections for which I will forever be grateful."

Ashley Bauer, 2018 Missouri Rodeo Queen; William Woods BSE, MSE Equine Studies, Warren County 4-H Alumni

"The Missouri 4-H Equine Tour is a trip that exposes youth from across the state of Missouri, to the horse industry across a nation. These youth learn about the different careers within the equine industry, make connections with professionals, and make lifelong friends along the way. As a 4-H trip, the Tour is not a trip of pure learning, but also of growing; where youth can grow in their leadership skills and be challenged to step out and pursue their ideas, career paths, dreams, and passions. As a three-year participant, I have seen firsthand the impact that this tour has had on my life and career. This tour has given me priceless professional connections, has challenged me to pursue and learn about my career path, and has given me friendships that will last a lifetime. The Missouri 4-H Equine Tour is a once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to any youth in the state of Missouri."

Isaiah Chandler, Jasper County 4-H. Student West Texas A&M

The $650 tour fee provides charter bus transportation, 4-H staff chaperones, and most all travel related expenses.

Application (PDF)

Applications are due before March 1, 2019. Specific travel information with detailed tour itinerary will be available to participants after March 1.

For additional information, contact Debbie Davis, 816-866-9800.